MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. –A thrilling equalizer in the final minute of regulation forced overtime, but the Georgia College Women's Soccer team (1-3, 0-1 PBC) came up just short in a 3-2 double-overtime loss to the University of North Georgia (3-1-2, 1-0 PBC) Saturday at Bobcat Field.
The 2016 NCAA Southeast Region Runners-Up, the Nighthawks controlled much of play early, including a goal in the sixth minute from Renee VanHorn. The Nighthawk star made good on a header directly from a corner by Brynn Finneran. VanHorn had an amazing day, tallying two goals and an assist.
Junior Amanda Bartholomew (Peachtree City) brought it even in the 12th minute with a beautiful shot after slicing through the defense to about 10 yards out. The goal was Bartholomew's fourth of the young season.
VanHorn struck again in the 27th minute, this time off a pass from Charlotte Rindt for a 2-1 lead that would last to the halftime horn.
The second half got quiet, as both defenses picked up intensity in holding the teams scoreless until just 43 seconds remained in regulation. Junior Sofia Lekas (Lizella) gathered a long pass from freshman Hannah Asbell (LaGrange) from midfield. Lekas then beat a defender, and fired home her first goal of the season and the third of her career.
Both teams came up empty in the first overtime but 2:33 into the second bonus period, VanHorn found Taylor Malasek, who then finished to the left side for the 3-2 win.
Bobcat goalkeeper Ashlee Graham (Decatur) had her second-straight double-digit save effort, finishing with 10 stops in 13 tries. UNG's Hannah Goudy made four saves in the win.
Bartholomew's goal gives her 12 in her career, good for seventh in school history, tying Meredith Moran (2004-05).
The Bobcats are back in action Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m., playing host to USC Aiken.
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